Chester Race Week –– August 14th to 17th, 2013
Race Week 2013 will take place from Wednesday, August 14th to Saturday, August 17th.
The Race Week Committee on the Land Side and the Water Side have been meeting since
September 2012 to plan for this year. We continue to be guided extensively by the responses we
get from the questionnaire that is sent out to participants. It is of the utmost importance that we
give you, the competitors, the Regatta you want.
As a result, there will be a few changes to CRW – 2013.
The Bravo fleet will sail windward/leeward and gold cup courses. In addition to the Bravo 1,
2 and 3 handicap classes, we plan to move the J/24’s and J/29’s from Alpha to Bravo. This will
shorten their steaming time to the race course.
We plan to add two distance classes to the Delta fleet. These will be round-the-buoys races, 15-
18 miles in length for boats rating over 100 PHRF. We will do what we can to position starts
and finishes where they can be seen from shore.
Liz Shaw will take over as Principal Race Officer from Andreas Josenhans. Liz has been a very
popular race officer the past two years, and she will do an excellent job as PRO. We can’t keep
Andreas away from the event. He will be on the scene in one of his EdgeWaters doing videos of
the various fleets and will continue to run his seminars on the Yacht Club verandah before each
day of racing.
Vice Commodore Victoria McGregor and Club Manager Kim Johnson are organizing something
new and different in the food department for Wednesday night. As in the past, food on the other
nights will be available from on-site vendors. We will continue to have bands for all four nights
of the event.
Julie Reed as kindly volunteered to take over from Janice Anderson as Registrar. Janice
will stay on as a consultant. On-line registration was well-received last year, and we would
encourage competitors to register on-line if at all possible.
Gillian Reid did an absolutely magnificent job as Sponsorship Coordinator in 2012 seeing
our sponsorship dollars jump by 40%! This comes with a big price in time, however, and
Gillian will be ably assisted in 2013 by Mary Creighton. This will help maintain this level of
Mary Jane Saffrey will once again be Volunteer Coordinator for 2013. This is a huge job, and
the event would not happen without the assistance of our volunteers. Thank you MJ!
“Sponsors make it possible, volunteers make it happen!”
Kathy Dyer and her judging team will return once again to deal with protests and rules matters.
Kathy continues to be a big help to the committee throughout the year as we formulate
documents and issues related to the Regatta.
Ben Wiper is working to make the web-site more attractive and easier to navigate. We will have
our server problems fixed so that results will be available in timely fashion.
Chester Race Week – 2013 will have something for everyone, so if you have not raced in the
past number of years there should be something for you this year.
See you there!
JP Curry, Chairman